As far as new music months go, February has been pretty golden. Scotland’s incredible music scene never fails to produce the goods and this time around, we have been treated to an abundance of fresh, unskippable gems. Today I have rounded up my top picks from the month for your listening pleasure.
When it comes to new releases, The Snuts are a band I continually pay close attention to. With each and every new track, they somehow manage to bring something completely new – and pleasantly unexpected to the table. They’re like the kid in your class who absolutely aced “Show and Tell”, leaving peers bedazzled with each revelation. Time after time, their tracks quickly graduate from “love at first listen” to “on loop” mode and their latest single Coffee and Cigarettes is no different.
Now, The Snuts are back with a 50’s style classic rock anthem – with a contemporary twist. Think Chuck Berry Meets The Black Keys. With an adrenaline-packed, racing bassline and the twang of old town guitars, the track transports listeners to a smoky soul-filled, jam session in America’s deep south. Chochranes hauntingly good vocals also really lend themselves to the 50s era. Overall, the track has yet again hit the mark, it’s exciting and fresh yet welcomingly familiar thanks to its signature 50s style – a sign of great things to come.
Lucia and the Best Boys – Eternity E.P
Since hearing a handful of Lucia’s unreleased gems live at Jack Saunders’ Hopscotch show back in December, I have been counting down the days until the EP’s release, for infinite listening pleasure. Alas, on January 31st, the band graced us with Eternity – their 5 track EP. Recorded in Los Angeles by Carlos De La Garza, who has previously worked with greats such as Wolf Alice, Paramore and Best Coast, the EP is ingrained with influences of 80’s heroines such as Stevie Nicks, Madonna, and New Order. The five-track number explores various experiences encountered by Lucia from being undermined by doubting men to feeling like an outsider in today’s often dystopian like society. Highlights from the release include “City of Angels’ ‘ – an infectious, feel-good rock number, jam-packed with shoulder pad raising synths and “My God” a stripped-back atmospheric ballad which shines a light on the true power of Lucia’s vocals. All in all, a perfectly balanced lineup that leaves the listener craving a live experience.
Next up – a much anticipated from The Biff. Following a string of mysterious social media posts and postcards, fans, including myself – waited eagerly to see what the band had in store. Upon first listen, with ears glued to Annie Mac’s Hottest record, I was blown away by their latest offering. Whilst maintaining Biffy’s classic “Big Track” feel, the single teases a whole new side to their sound – one tinged with killer synths, visceral, cinematic hooks and a heavy pop feel. Described by the band as their most “Out There” track from their upcoming album, it certainly packs a punch and leaves the listener craving more.
On the opposite side of the genre spectrum, we have Edinburgh four piece – Swim School, with their dream-pop release How it Should Be. A track which evokes a heavenly dose of hazy summer notalgia, leaving listeners longing for never-ending summer afternoons spent in festival fields. Swim School may be in their early stage of inception, however, they have made quite the impact already, I cannot wait to see what’s next for the band.
As always I have popped a full list of my “Now that’s What I call Febraury” top tracks below.